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Henry Melton, Amobi Okoye give Bears a rush

Updated: November 9, 2011 3:47PM

There wasn’t much Henry Melton did before the whistle that warranted criticism. After the whistle? Well, that was another story.

“I need to work on my dance,” the third-year defensive tackle said after his breakout performance in the Bears 30-12 win over the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field on Sunday. “It was terrible today. I didn’t have anything prepared. I started skipping excitedly at one point.”

Melton may want to hire a choreographer after he and teammate Amobi Okoye combined to give the Bears an inside pass rush they haven’t had since before Tommie Harris was injured in 2005. Brian Urlacher had a diving interception and returned a fumble for a touchdown. Julius Peppers was his usual dominate self with two sacks as the Bears defense held the potent Falcons offense to a pair of field goals.

But it was Melton and Okoye who gave the defense a new dimension. The two combined for three sacks, which is twice as many as Harris had last season.

“The [offensive] interior three are wondering who is going inside and who is going outside,” Okoye said. “Then you have Julius Freaking Peppers. We have a chance to be a great defensive line.”

Melton turned in by far his best game as a pro with two of the team’s five sacks. He also had five tackles, including four solos, and seven quarterback pressures.

If he keeps this up, Melton will not only need a sack dance but a cool name for it.

“I just need to start with the dance and then I’ll name it,” he said.

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